The Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness

Civil society organisations are a vibrant and essential feature in the democratic life of countries across the globe. CSOs collaborate with the full diversity of people and promote their rights. The essential characteristics of CSOs as distinct development actors – that they are voluntary, diverse, non-partisan, autonomous, non-violent, working and collaborating for change – are the foundation for the Istanbul principles for CSO development effectiveness. These principles guide the work and practices of civil society organisations in both peaceful and conflict situations, in different areas of work from grassroots to policy advocacy, and in a continuum from humanitarian emergencies to long-term development.

Download the Istanbul Principles document here.

Download the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness here.

Download the Istanbul Principles Implementation Toolkit here.

Download the Istanbul Principles Advocacy Toolkit here.

View other CPDE Core Documents here.